Maharashtra abolishes widow practice, implements model of Herwad village

Taking an important decision regarding women, the Maha Vikas Aghadi government of Maharashtra has decided to stop the widow system in Maharashtra. The practice of breaking a widow's bangle, wiping vermilion and removing mangalsutra has been abolished.

Maharashtra abolishes widow practice, implements model of Herwad village
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Mumbai: Taking an important decision regarding women, the Maha Vikas Aghadi government of Maharashtra has decided to stop the widow system in Maharashtra. The practice of breaking a widow's bangle, wiping vermilion and removing mangalsutra has been abolished. 


Considering Herwad Gram Panchayat of Kolhapur as ideal, which was the first to end the widow system in the state, where has he gone to implement it in all the Gram Panchayats of the state. For this the state government has issued a circular. State Rural Development Minister Hassan Mushrif has appealed to all the village panchayats to end the widow system.


On May 4, the Herwar Gram Panchayat of Kolhapur district had made a proposal to stop this inhuman practice of widows. Which was unanimously passed by all the Gram Panchayat members. This proposal of this village was discussed a lot in every state. 


According to this proposal, if a woman's husband dies, then after his last rites, such acts like breaking the bangles of the woman and wiping vermilion from the forehead, removing mangalsutra will not be done and the woman will not be disrespected in the society.


In the Kolhapur district, many men had died due to the first floods and later the corona epidemic, due to which many women had to go through the practice of widowhood. After which the Gram Panchayat Officer of Herwad Gram Panchayat, Pallavi Kolekar and Sarpanch Surgonda Patil took this step of social reform, which the Maharashtra government decided to implement in the state.

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